Track and Field

World Champions Ashton Eaton and Allyson Felix named USATF Athletes of the Year

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INDIANAPOLIS -- World Champions Ashton Eaton and Allyson Felix have been named the 2015 Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes of the Year, USATF announced Thursday.

Eaton (Bend, Oregon) and Felix (Los Angeles, California) will be honored on Saturday, December 5, at the Jesse Owens Awards in Houston, Texas. The event is held in conjunction with USATF’s Annual Meeting. Tickets for the event are available at the Hyatt Regency Houston beginning on Wednesday, December 2 until the ceremony is sold out.

“First thing I thought of was the actual Jesse Owens Award and how much better care I’m going to take with this one,” Eaton laughed. “In 2012, 30 seconds after I got the award, I dropped it on the ground and broke it in half. I had to get USATF to make a new one.

IAAF provisionally suspends Russian Member Federation ARAF

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The Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has provisionally suspended the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) as an IAAF Member with immediate effect.

The decision was taken at today’s 201st IAAF Council Meeting which was held by teleconference and chaired from London by IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

A total of 24 Members of Council took part in the meeting: 22 voted in favour of the sanction against ARAF, who have been officially informed of the Council’s decision, 1 voted against. The Council Member from Russia was not eligible to participate in the vote.

Farah to compete over 3000m in Glasgow

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Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah is due to compete at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on 20 February but looks set to miss the IAAF World Indoor Championships

Mo Farah is set to compete in the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix, an IAAF Indoor Permit Meet, on 20 February.

The 32-year-old is due to compete in the 3000m at the Emirates Arena but looks set to miss the IAAF World Indoor Championships which take place in Portland, Oregon in March. "The 3000m in Glasgow is likely to be my only indoor race of 2016 and I want to make it a good one," Farah told the BBC.

Dibaba claims historic marathon gold in Beijing

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Mare Dibaba claimed Ethiopia's first ever gold medal in the women's marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in a close finish ahead of Kenya's Helah Kiprop  - In an exciting climax to the women’s marathon with four runners entering the stadium together, Mare Dibaba outsprinted Kenya’s Helah Kiprop to claim Ethiopia’s second gold medal of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

Unlike the men’s marathon on the opening day of competition which took place in stifling heat and humidity, the conditions were comparatively benign for the women’s race which helped Dibaba, who isn’t related to Genzebe and Tirunesh

“I was scared about that for the marathon race, but this morning the weather changed, it is similar to our country and easy for us to do our own race,” said Dibaba, who was one of the favourites by dint of her win in the Xiamen Marathon in January in 2:19:52.

Fast-finishing Farah claims 5000m hat-trick in Beijing

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Mo Farah won his third successive world 5000m title on the bounce with a devastating last lap timed at 52.4 at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Saturday (29).

Farah had already won the 10,000m and come through the 5000m heats where he survived a trip on the last lap to qualify but any fatigue the reigning champion might have been carrying in his legs wasn’t exposed. The pace in the early stages was pedestrian with the opening two kilometres covered just inside 15-minute tempo.

In a largely uneventful race, the pace didn’t pick up until the last two laps when Commonwealth champion Caleb Ndiku made a long run for home with 750 metres remaining which tore the tightly bunched pack of fifteen runners asunder.

Farah usually takes control of these championship races before the ball but Ndiku wisely held the Brit off as they battled down the home straight for the penultimate time and led as the bell sounded with 12:57.71 showing on the clock.